Kids First

The Kids Are The Standards – The Teacher And The Admin – Education Article

We simply are not doing enough. It’s that plain and it certainly is that simple. We talk about meeting standards. New revisions come out; we push more. We read the rhetoric in the news about kids falling behind or how the I-Generation is lost in a paralysis of screen time and self absorption. The standards are high and if we want to get them into the right colleges, make them tough enough, and make them have the skills that we…

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End The Year Strong…Your Kids Need You And Each Other – The Teacher And The Admin – Education Article

By Krystal Cerna 26 days left, but who’s counting! (unless you’re a high school teacher, then you can disregard and minus like 26 days from that number, %*$@!!) As the school year comes to a screeching halt, most of us will stress over last minute assessments, inputting data, getting students to the proper reading level, completing end of the year files, and packing up classrooms (unless you’re a high school teacher! LOL). The list goes on and as each day…

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It’s Not Them; You Need To Evolve – The Teacher And The Admin – Education Article

It seems so easy in the classroom. I’ll admit it; I get frustrated hearing stories of teachers using the same lesson plans that they’ve used for the last 5, 10, 15, or even 20 years. I get angry when I hear the talk of “these kids” and all that they are not. I get even angrier when I hear that they aren’t as smart, aren’t as hard working, or aren’t as caring as those ideal kids that once filled the…

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Honors Isn’t About More – The Teacher And The Admin – Education Article

I received a text from a friend of mine about a month ago. She was a bit upset that her daughter was spending yet another night at her desk with homework that would take, based on every other night thus far during the school year, about six hours to complete. That six hour estimate was a hopeful one, with the idea that the math packet would come easy that night.  For that night, her daughter had to complete the following…

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What I Want For Our Kids? What Do I Want Our School To Be Known For? – The Teacher And The Admin – Education Article

This past week was one of those weeks that my wife often warns me about. The ones where I jam pack so much into my schedule that I run from meeting to meeting, event to event, switching gears, changing focus, changing direction, all the while trying my best to make things better. She worries I will burn out, make frivolous mistakes, not focus on family enough, let my inner anger bubble to the surface.  All valid points. I have tried…

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1st Annual #KidsFirst Educator Award – The Teacher And The Admin – Education Article

Exactly one year ago today, we published our first piece on this site. This site started because we wanted to be a voice in education. We each had over 20 years of experience in education and, while we knew we didn’t have all of the answers, we hoped that our stories, our experiences, and our passion for education would promote thought, inspiration, and, of course, change. We are truly grateful for the response and the conversation that has been cultivated…

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It’s Never “It Is What It Is” When It Comes To Kids – The Teacher And The Admin – Education Article

I have never been one who gets excited for New Year’s Resolutions. It is not that I do not think it is valuable to start anew, develop a new habit, or to break an old one; it is more that I try to commit to resolutions each week and, sometimes, each day.   The key word here is try. I will try to eat healthy, learn Spanish, disconnect from my phone, be less moody, avoid flipping the bird to that…

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